Contact phenomena between Greek and Latin and peripheral languages in the Mediterranean area (1200 B.C. - 600 A.D.)

Country: Italy

City: Cagliari

Abstr. due: 20.12.2014

Dates: 13.04.15 — 14.04.15

Area Of Sciences: Humanities;

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Organizers: The Association Rodopis – Experience Ancient History in cooperation with the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics of the University of Cagliari


The Association Rodopis – Experience Ancient History in cooperation with the Department of Philology, Literature and Linguistics of the University of Cagliari is planning an international workshop to be held in Cagliari (Italy) at the Faculty of Literature and Philosophy on 13th and 14th April 2015, on the topic: 
Contact phenomena between Greek and Latin and peripheral languages in the Mediterranean area (1200 B.C. - 600 A.D.) 

Ph.D. students and junior researchers are very welcome to apply and present their contributions by sending an abstract on one of the following main focus areas: 
1. Relationship between Greek and Latin on one side, and neighbouring dominant languages (such as Persian or Parthian) on the other, either in Classical times or in the age in which Greek and Latin had not yet reached the status of dominant languages. The aim is to understand – not only from a linguistic point of view, but also with an historical and political perspective – the value of the encounter between languages, whose rise and fall carries along with it underlying cultural, economic and social claims. 
2. Spread and dynamism of languages other than Greek and Latin in the Mediterranean basin in Classical time, with particular attention to the literary (and/or historical) production in such languages (where it exists). The aim is to highlight how (and if) languages other than Greek and Latin managed to survive not only as a means of ordinary communication, but also as a means of cultural continuity. 
3. Multiplication of literary written languages. This thematic area concerns the phenomenon by which, especially in Late Antiquity, several languages – up to then relegated to “peripheral” status – flourished again, developing a huge written literature (e.g. Coptic, Syriac, etc.) or appeared for the first time as written literary languages (e.g. Armenian, Georgian, Gothic, etc.). In Late Antiquity, such a dynamics is necessarily interwoven with the diffusion of Christianity (and other religions) and the translation of the Bible (and of other texts) in various local languages. The aim is to analyse the renewed linguistic and cultural exchange brought about by that context, with attention to the political and social background that affects (and is in turn created by) such exchange.

Each session is organised in a keyn

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